It's summer. Here's Cardinal & Pine's guide to the best swimming holes in North Carolina. (Image via VisitNC)
Bust Your Butt or Skinny Dip: Our Guide to North Carolina’s Best Swimming Holes

It’s summer again in North Carolina. Trust us. You need to know how to find the best — and the chilliest — swimming holes in the state.

Voting rights groups in North Carolina denounced new voting law bills authored by the state's Republicans as "Jim Crow 2.0" on Monday in Raleigh. (Photo by Michael McElroy)
‘Jim Crow 2.0’: Voting Rights Groups Denounce GOP Rewrite of NC Voting Laws

After a documented decade of GOP gerrymandering and voter suppression in North Carolina, Republicans are sponsoring a controversial new bill called the “Election Integrity Act.”

A silver alarm clock illustrates that time is running out for the North Carolina budget to be approved by July 1.
Teacher Raises and Wider Access to Health Care on Hold as NC Budget Deadline Looms

If North Carolina legislators can't agree on a budget before July 1, the state will grapple with crucial service gaps for the second year in a row.

A vaccination clinic in Wake County this week (Pool photo by Robert Willett/News & Observer)
Masks Can Come Off in Most Places in NC, Gov. Cooper Announces

Gov. Roy Cooper rolled back many of the pandemic restrictions, while calling on unvaccinated people to wear masks until they get their shots.

A certified medical assistant prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The US took a major step in the pandemic this week by clearing the Pfizer vaccine for youth ages 12-15. (Image via AP Photo/John Locher, File)
This Duke Pediatrician Explains Why the Pfizer Vaccine Is Safe for Kids 12 and Up

Here’s what to know about how the Pfizer vaccine works in adolescents, and what to expect.

Junior Molly Day gets her first Pfizer Biontech COVID vaccine at Ridley High School on May 3, 2021 in Ridley, Pa. "It feels good, I'm happy I can protect myself and other," Day said after getting the shot.  (Photo by Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Times via Getty Images)
FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine for Kids 12 and Up

The US Food and Drug Administration expanded its emergency use authorization of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, taking a huge step in the overall vaccination effort and bringing incalculable relief to many parents. It’s the news so many have been waiting for: Children 12 and older can now safely get the COVID-19 vaccine. The US...

After an 11-day review, the CDC and FDA found the Johnson & Johnson vaccine highly effective against the coronavirus and that the blood clots, though dangerous, remain very rare. About 8% of the North Carolinians who are fully vaccinated got the single-dose J&J shot.
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North Carolina Puts Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Back in Broad Rotation After CDC Review

Medical systems across North Carolina are back to distributing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.